Despite your own personal opinion on the Big Mac, it is difficult to argue against the prevalence and influence that its mother fast-food chain has had on so many aspects of our lives. Its presence has been so profound that even sociologists have keyed the term "McDonaldization" as a way to describe and study the impact that the McDonald's brand has had on modern global society.
After taking inspiration from The Economist's Big Mac Index, which essentially compares currencies in different countries based on the relative price of a Big Mac, we decided to take a closer look at different Big Macs from around the world. Obviously price varies, but do they have the same ingredients? What about nutritional value? Are they as big as the 'Mac that we know in the States?
Just as their price varies, our research concluded that, in fact, Big Macs around the world come in very different shapes and sizes. To get a better idea of how these burgers size up when compared against one another, we considered their price, typical ingredients, and nutritional information. We then ranked them from least to most expensive.
For example, in the United States, your typical Big Mac has 550 calories, 25 grams of protein, 29 grams of fat, 46 carbohydrates, and 970 milligrams of sodium. It comes with two slices of American cheese and typically costs around $4.56. Head to South Africa, though, and you'll find the menu staple for as cheap as $1.82, while if you're in Norway, a burger will cost you around $7.51.
Curious to learn more about how Big Macs compare across borders? Check out the slideshow to see how these global Big Macs stack up against one another!
-Emily Rothkrug, The Daily Meal
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